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* The start of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgXDYiHhp5Y this clip]] from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch2StitchHasAGlitch'' shows the classic "I'm not touching you!" pestering move that young kids love to do.

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* The start of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgXDYiHhp5Y this clip]] from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch2StitchHasAGlitch'' ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitch2StitchHasAGlitch'' shows the classic "I'm not touching you!" pestering move that young kids love to do.


Compare DarthWiki/MostAnnoyingSound. SisterTrope to LoudOfWar, when someone intentionally causes distress via loud music. Related to IncessantMusicMadness, when someone's constant music playing ''unintentionally'' causes annoyance. There are also a number of related VideoGame-specific tropes:

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Compare DarthWiki/MostAnnoyingSound. SisterTrope to LoudOfWar, when someone intentionally causes distress via loud music. Related to IncessantMusicMadness, when someone's constant music playing ''unintentionally'' causes annoyance. There are also a number of related VideoGame-specific tropes:


Compare MostAnnoyingSound. SisterTrope to LoudOfWar, when someone intentionally causes distress via loud music. Related to IncessantMusicMadness, when someone's constant music playing ''unintentionally'' causes annoyance. There are also a number of related VideoGame-specific tropes:

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Compare MostAnnoyingSound.DarthWiki/MostAnnoyingSound. SisterTrope to LoudOfWar, when someone intentionally causes distress via loud music. Related to IncessantMusicMadness, when someone's constant music playing ''unintentionally'' causes annoyance. There are also a number of related VideoGame-specific tropes:


* Weaponized in ''Film/DoctorStrange''. Strange locks himself and Dormammu into a StableTimeLoop in which he tries to get Dormammu to acquiesce to his demands, only to be killed by Dormammu which causes the loop to repeat. It takes a lot of cycles, but Dormammu finally can't take it anymore and gives in.

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* Weaponized in ''Film/DoctorStrange''.''Film/DoctorStrange2016''. Strange locks himself and Dormammu into a StableTimeLoop in which he tries to get Dormammu to acquiesce to his demands, only to be killed by Dormammu which causes the loop to repeat. It takes a lot of cycles, but Dormammu finally can't take it anymore and gives in.


* In Literature/{{Artemis Fowl}}, Mulch Diggums uses this to great effect in the third book. He’s travelling by plane to Ireland in the company of a hitman who he wants to get rid of, and so Mulch continually irritates the hitman, to the point where said hitman has a breakdown in the airport and gets arrested for screaming that he’s going to kill Mulch.

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* In Literature/{{Artemis Fowl}}, ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'', Mulch Diggums uses this to great effect in the third book. He’s travelling traveling by plane to Ireland in the company of a hitman who he wants to get rid of, and so Mulch continually irritates the hitman, to the point where said hitman has a breakdown in the airport and gets arrested for screaming that he’s going to kill Mulch.


* In ‘’Literature/{{ArtemisFowl}}’’, Mulch Diggums uses this to great effect in the third book. He’s travelling by plane to Ireland in the company of a hitman who he wants to get rid of, and so Mulch continually irritates the hitman, to the point where said hitman has a breakdown in the airport and gets arrested for screaming that he’s going to kill Mulch.

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* In ‘’Literature/{{ArtemisFowl}}’’, Literature/{{Artemis Fowl}}, Mulch Diggums uses this to great effect in the third book. He’s travelling by plane to Ireland in the company of a hitman who he wants to get rid of, and so Mulch continually irritates the hitman, to the point where said hitman has a breakdown in the airport and gets arrested for screaming that he’s going to kill Mulch.

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* In ‘’Literature/{{ArtemisFowl}}’’, Mulch Diggums uses this to great effect in the third book. He’s travelling by plane to Ireland in the company of a hitman who he wants to get rid of, and so Mulch continually irritates the hitman, to the point where said hitman has a breakdown in the airport and gets arrested for screaming that he’s going to kill Mulch.


* In one ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' story arc, the titular duo are in the car with Calvin's parents, driving to a campsite. At one point, Dad, who's driving, asks Calvin what he wants to eat, to which Calvin replies with hamburgers. His dad gets irritated, due to the fact that that's all they've eaten so far. Calvin then starts singing "TEN MILLION BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL, TEN MILLION BOTTLES OF BEER", causing his dad to point out that they're close to a place that serves hamburgers and asking him if he's happy.



* In one ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes story arc, the titular duo are in the car with Calvin's parents, driving to a campsite. At one point, Dad, who's driving, asks Calvin what he wants to eat, to which Calvin replies with hamburgers. His dad gets irritated, due to the fact that that's all they've eaten so far. Calvin then starts singing "TEN MILLION BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL, TEN MILLION BOTTLES OF BEER", causing his dad to point out that they're close to a place that serves hamburgers and asking him if he's happy.



* In ''Fanfic/TheParselmouthOfGryffindor'', trying to get inside the Headmaster's Office, Hermione resorts to poking the Golden Griffin with her wand repeatedly until it abandons its stoic demeanor.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheParselmouthOfGryffindor'', trying to get inside ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', the Headmaster's Office, Hermione resorts other ponies visit Applejack while she's away [[ItMakesSenseInContext getting her free iPod nanos]] and find she's been working on a cherry plantation. Applejack's reluctance to poking tell the Golden Griffin with truth that [[spoiler:she has a hidden bomb on her[[note]]which is because the free iPods turned out to be a trap to lure Applejack and force her wand repeatedly until into slavery[[/note]]]] causes the rest of the mane cast to interrogate her, making Pinkie sing one of her annoying songs from the orphanage so that Applejack will cave and tell them.[[note]]Applejack actually makes it abandons its stoic demeanor.very clear what her problem is, but everypony is too stupid to notice.[[/note]]



* In ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', the other ponies visit Applejack while she's away [[ItMakesSenseInContext getting her free iPod nanos]] and find she's been working on a cherry plantation. Applejack's reluctance to tell the truth that [[spoiler:she has a hidden bomb on her[[note]]which is because the free iPods turned out to be a trap to lure Applejack and force her into slavery[[/note]]]] causes the rest of the mane cast to interrogate her, making Pinkie sing one of her annoying songs from the orphanage so that Applejack will cave and tell them.[[note]]Applejack actually makes it very clear what her problem is, but everypony is too stupid to notice.[[/note]]

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* In ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', ''Fanfic/TheParselmouthOfGryffindor'', trying to get inside the other ponies visit Applejack while she's away [[ItMakesSenseInContext getting Headmaster's Office, Hermione resorts to poking the Golden Griffin with her free iPod nanos]] and find she's been working on a cherry plantation. Applejack's reluctance to tell the truth that [[spoiler:she has a hidden bomb on her[[note]]which is because the free iPods turned out to be a trap to lure Applejack and force her into slavery[[/note]]]] causes the rest of the mane cast to interrogate her, making Pinkie sing one of her annoying songs from the orphanage so that Applejack will cave and tell them.[[note]]Applejack actually makes wand repeatedly until it very clear what her problem is, but everypony is too stupid to notice.[[/note]]abandons its stoic demeanor.



* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragonTheHiddenWorld'' Ruffnut winds up captured by the villain, and everyone worries that she's doomed, but Tuffnut laughs it off saying that he's "more worried for the bad guys!"... Cut to Ruffnut who [[MotorMouth rambles]] nonstop, annoying Grimmel to no end, until he finally releases her and ''begs'' her to leave.
* The start of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgXDYiHhp5Y this clip]] from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch2StitchHasAGlitch'' shows the classic "I'm not touching you!" pestering move that young kids love to do.



* The start of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgXDYiHhp5Y this clip]] from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch2StitchHasAGlitch'' shows the classic "I'm not touching you!" pestering move that young kids love to do.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragonTheHiddenWorld'' Ruffnut winds up captured by the villain, and everyone worries that she's doomed, but Tuffnut laughs it off saying that he's "more worried for the bad guys!"... Cut to Ruffnut who [[MotorMouth rambles]] nonstop, annoying Grimmel to no end, until he finally releases her and ''begs'' her to leave.



* In ''Film/{{Wanted}}'', Wesley's [[ClusterFBomb foul-mouthed]], [[MeanBoss verbally abusive boss]] carries a stapler around and aggressively snaps it in his ear while she's berating him, compounding his stress. The sound and visual effects added during these scenes make the effect even more intolerable, even for the audience.
* In ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', Sam badgers Oda Mae into helping him by singing "I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am" loudly over and over again for hours until she finally can't take it anymore.



* In ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', Sam badgers Oda Mae into helping him by singing "I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am" loudly over and over again for hours until she finally can't take it anymore.
* In ''Film/{{Wanted}}'', Wesley's [[ClusterFBomb foul-mouthed]], [[MeanBoss verbally abusive boss]] carries a stapler around and aggressively snaps it in his ear while she's berating him, compounding his stress. The sound and visual effects added during these scenes make the effect even more intolerable, even for the audience.



* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the clock in Lord Vetinari's waiting room somehow ticks unevenly, and when he wishes to punish a visitor he makes them wait while the clock drives them up the wall.



* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', the clock in Lord Vetinari's waiting room somehow ticks unevenly, and when he wishes to punish a visitor he makes them wait while the clock drives them up the wall.



* ''Series/MythBusters'' tested Chinese water torture[[note]]slowly dripping water on the head of a restrained person[[/note]] and [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythbusters found it to be disturbingly effective]], as it made Kari break down after only an hour or so. She was able to calm herself enough to keep going, but an EMT eventually called the test off.
* In the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "[[Recap/SherlockS03E03HisLastVow His Last Vow]]", the season's BigBad spends some time tormenting a helpless John Watson by flicking him in the face. Because of the blackmail material he has on John's wife, he has no choice but to stand there and take it. Even when the villain moves on to flicking him in the eye. "Try to keep it open, John. Try to keep it open!"
* One episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' had Turk unconsciously angry with JD after he and Carla accidentally kissed. He keeps punching him in the same spot without realising it until JD's able to make him realise he's doing it.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Hawkeye and BJ get into a duel with Charles to see who can out-annoy the other. Hawkeye and BJ stop showering, while Charles plays his French horn incessantly. The end result is that this annoys ''everyone else'' so much that Hawkeye and BJ are eventually washed with a firehose and Charles's horn is run over by a Jeep.
* The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' crew frequently invoke this trope, whenever one character comes too close to the other on the screen: "Does this bug you? I'm not touching you!"



* In one episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Hawkeye and BJ get into a duel with Charles to see who can out-annoy the other. Hawkeye and BJ stop showering, while Charles plays his French horn incessantly. The end result is that this annoys ''everyone else'' so much that Hawkeye and BJ are eventually washed with a firehose and Charles's horn is run over by a Jeep.
* The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' crew frequently invoke this trope, whenever one character comes too close to the other on the screen: "Does this bug you? I'm not touching you!"
* ''Series/MythBusters'' tested Chinese water torture[[note]]slowly dripping water on the head of a restrained person[[/note]] and [[JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythbusters found it to be disturbingly effective]], as it made Kari break down after only an hour or so. She was able to calm herself enough to keep going, but an EMT eventually called the test off.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' had Turk unconsciously angry with JD after he and Carla accidentally kissed. He keeps punching him in the same spot without realising it until JD's able to make him realise he's doing it.
* In the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode "[[Recap/SherlockS03E03HisLastVow His Last Vow]]", the season's BigBad spends some time tormenting a helpless John Watson by flicking him in the face. Because of the blackmail material he has on John's wife, he has no choice but to stand there and take it. Even when the villain moves on to flicking him in the eye. "Try to keep it open, John. Try to keep it open!"



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* This is how Finn gains Zia's attention in ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'' after she gains {{telepathy}}; he repeatedly yells her name in his head until she can't ignore it anymore.
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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Magus once [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1127 threatened this]] to get Sirleck to consider his plan. Magus is currently trapped on what's best described as a parallel plane of reality. He can see what's happening in the normal world, but for the most part cannot interact with it. Sirleck exists partially on that same plane, and is capable of observing Magus, but has no way of physically harming him.
-->'''Magus''': You can't hurt me, I never sleep or run out of breath, and I have nothing better to do than follow you around and incessantly babble about anything and everything.



* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Magus once [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1127 threatened this]] to get Sirleck to consider his plan. Magus is currently trapped on what's best described as a parallel plane of reality. He can see what's happening in the normal world, but for the most part cannot interact with it. Sirleck exists partially on that same plane, and is capable of observing Magus, but has no way of physically harming him.
-->'''Magus''': You can't hurt me, I never sleep or run out of breath, and I have nothing better to do than follow you around and incessantly babble about anything and everything.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Castle" sees Harold poking Gumball into annoyance.



* This pops up a couple of times in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** In "Brush With Greatness", Bart & Lisa ask "Will you take us to Mount Splashmore?" over and over, to Homer's ever-growing annoyance, until he finally gives in and says yes.
** In "Bart of Darkness", they tell Homer outright that they're going to ask him "Can we have a pool, Dad?" over and over again until/unless he gives in. He agrees to getting the pool.

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* This pops up a couple ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'':
** "Fancy Prance" had Daggett attempting to figure out Norbert's life-long dream by trying to wheedle it out
of times him. The act of "wheedling", in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** In "Brush With Greatness", Bart & Lisa ask "Will you take us to Mount Splashmore?" over and over, to Homer's ever-growing annoyance, until he finally gives in and says yes.
** In "Bart of Darkness", they tell Homer outright that they're going to ask him "Can we have a pool, Dad?"
this case, involved Dagget repeatedly saying the word "wheedle" over and over again until/unless he gives in. He agrees to getting until Norb cracked.
** A similar incident involved Daggett (as Muscular Beaver) apparently having been on
the pool. receiving end of a GrandTheftMe by the dreaded "Toe-Bot" (i.e. a thimble with springy arms and an angry face drawn on it sitting on Dag's toe). Norbert's attempts to halt Daggett's latest fantasy are for naught as simply removing Toe-Bot results in Daggett flopping around making a truly obnoxious wheezing sound until Norbert finally puts Toe-Bot back and plays along.



* This pops up a couple of times in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** In "Brush With Greatness", Bart & Lisa ask "Will you take us to Mount Splashmore?" over and over, to Homer's ever-growing annoyance, until he finally gives in and says yes.
** In "Bart of Darkness", they tell Homer outright that they're going to ask him "Can we have a pool, Dad?" over and over again until/unless he gives in. He agrees to getting the pool.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'':
** "Fancy Prance" had Daggett attempting to figure out Norbert's life-long dream by trying to wheedle it out of him. The act of "wheedling", in this case, involved Dagget repeatedly saying the word "wheedle" over and over again until Norb cracked.
** A similar incident involved Daggett (as Muscular Beaver) apparently having been on the receiving end of a GrandTheftMe by the dreaded "Toe-Bot" (i.e. a thimble with springy arms and an angry face drawn on it sitting on Dag's toe). Norbert's attempts to halt Daggett's latest fantasy are for naught as simply removing Toe-Bot results in Daggett flopping around making a truly obnoxious wheezing sound until Norbert finally puts Toe-Bot back and plays along.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Castle" sees Harold poking Gumball into annoyance.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragonTheHiddenWorld'' Ruffnut winds up captured by the villain, and everyone worries that she's doomed, but Tuffnut laughs it off saying that he's "more worried for the bad guys!"... Cut to Ruffnut who [[MotorMouth rambles]] nonstop, annoying Grimmel to no end, until he finally releases her and ''begs'' her to leave.


A favored tactic of the AnnoyingYoungerSibling and TheBully. BullyingADragon can also be done with this. Has a similar effect on the victim as a BrownNote.

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A favored tactic of the AnnoyingYoungerSibling and TheBully. BullyingADragon can also be done with this. Has a similar effect on the victim as a BrownNote. \n Can overlap with CoolAndUnusualPunishment.


--> '''Henry Roberts''': Do you know how many telephone calls I ignored from him yesterday? Ten. Ten!
--> '''Moreaux''': I believe his record is fourteen.

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--> '''Henry Roberts''': Do you know how many telephone calls I ignored from him yesterday? Ten. Ten!
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Ten!\\
'''Moreaux''': I believe his record is fourteen.

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* ''[[Series/WonderWoman1975 Wonder Woman]]'': In "The Fine Art of Crime", [[ButtMonkey Harold Farnum]] repeatedly torments everyone, Diana Prince, Steve Trevor, and even [[VillainOfTheWeek Henry Roberts]] - everyone.
--> '''Henry Roberts''': Do you know how many telephone calls I ignored from him yesterday? Ten. Ten!
--> '''Moreaux''': I believe his record is fourteen.


* In ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', Jake tries it when he has a forty-eight hour time limit to get a confession.
-->'''Jake:''' ''[getting up and heading towards the interrogation room]'' I'm gonna go take another crack at Whitman.\\

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* In ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', Jake [[SubvertedTrope tries it it]] when he has a forty-eight hour time limit to get a confession.
-->'''Jake:''' ''[getting [''getting up and heading towards the interrogation room]'' room''] I'm gonna go take another crack at Whitman.\\



'''Jake:''' ''[annoyed]'' Ha-ha.\\
''[[[GilliganCut Cut immediately]] to Jake sitting in the interrogation room with a guitar.]''\\

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'''Jake:''' ''[annoyed]'' *''annoyed''* Ha-ha.\\
''[[[GilliganCut [''[[GilliganCut Cut immediately]] to Jake sitting in the interrogation room with a guitar.]''\\guitar'']\\



''[Jake shreds on the'' very ''out-of-tune guitar and shrieks at the top of his lungs. Whitman gives him an exasperated stare. The scene then cuts to Jake walking back into the briefing room and handing the guitar to Terry.]''\\

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''[Jake [''Jake shreds on the'' very ''out-of-tune guitar and shrieks at the top of his lungs. Whitman gives him an exasperated stare. The scene then cuts to Jake walking back into the briefing room and handing the guitar to Terry.]''\\'']\\

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* In ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', Jake tries it when he has a forty-eight hour time limit to get a confession.
-->'''Jake:''' ''[getting up and heading towards the interrogation room]'' I'm gonna go take another crack at Whitman.\\
'''Amy:''' You've been in there like five times! What are you gonna do? [[SarcasmMode Annoy him into talking?]]\\
'''Jake:''' ''[annoyed]'' Ha-ha.\\
''[[[GilliganCut Cut immediately]] to Jake sitting in the interrogation room with a guitar.]''\\
'''Jake:''' Two, three, four!\\
''[Jake shreds on the'' very ''out-of-tune guitar and shrieks at the top of his lungs. Whitman gives him an exasperated stare. The scene then cuts to Jake walking back into the briefing room and handing the guitar to Terry.]''\\
'''Jake:''' Didn't work. Did not work.

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* ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie:'' Millie tries to do this to an ambassador to Greater Llewellynland. She tries poking him, annoying noises, asking dumb questions, and trimming her toenails, all to no effect. In the end, she has to resort to cell phone ring tones.

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